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Protection of historic buildings from fire

"Heritage is all that has been passed to us by previous generations. The term has become synonymous with the places, objects, knowledge and skills we inherit that are valued for reasons beyond their mere utility" - Historic England. 

In Devon and Somerset there are a large number of historic buildings, approximately 19000 and 12000 respectively,  some of which are listed and are deemed to be of considerable significance and importance.

Any historic structure or fabric lost to the effects of fire is irreplaceable.  There is a finite number of buildings and any loss will have a significant and cumulative adverse impact on the country's heritage assets.  Fire loss can adversely affect the significance, authenticity and continuing use of these buildings.

Historic buildings are of considerable economic value, especially to the tourist industry and for their positive impact to their surrounding area and community. There has been a significant level of loss to our built heritage through the effects of fire and it is incumbent upon us to ensure all practical steps are taken to protect these buildings.

If you currently own or have responsibility over a listed or building of significant heritage value then you should consider the impact of fire to both the life risk within the property and also the cultural and potential business impact fire could have.

The following guidance gives a comprehensive outline of some of the main hazards and considerations that you can identify to help keep yourself, visitors and the heritage value of your property safe from fire.

Historic Buildings Guidance (PDF)

Heritage and Buidings of Special Interest (PDF)


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